-- "There are so many reasons I love to walk. One of my favorites is the going towards the unknown. The what will I find today? How will this new path look and how will it change me? I love the fork in the road, I love the crossroads." -- the lovely Jaime Rugh
I love winter, but I'm sure ready for spring, if for no other reason than to behold what Jaime Rugh will discover on her walks and arrange into pretty collections of flowers and words. Found While Walking documents her walking journeys, mothering, art work, love of textiles and other beautiful inspirations. To say this is a favorite blog of mine is putting it pretty mildly. I actually reread old posts because they tug so pleasantly at my heart strings and imagination.
Jaime is pretty inspirational, from the way she mothers her children to her eye for detail in everyday life. And, of course, there all her many talents -- Jaime is designer, painter, printer, weaver, collage artist, florist and writer. She also makes some pretty yummy looking food,
and busies the hands of her children with the sort of fun crafts that make you want to be young again.
Her home is so lovely, even more so for all her hand made touches, both her own and other artisans'.
I'm beginning to think there's pretty much nothing Jaime Rugh can't do, actually. It's a good thing for the rest of us that her shop is freshly stocked with her beautiful creations, among them her lovely weavings. Often the lucky trees who meet Jaime on her walks may be left adorned with her beautiful bouquets or weavings. Can you imagine finding such a surprise on a nice morning walk?
Her collage work seems a perfect way to welcome Spring to the inside of the home,and I'm excited by her new wall and window hangings, as well!
Jaime has a real gift with words, too. Her writing gets right to the heart of the matter while retaining every bit of it's poetic loveliness.
I love most how she writes about her children and their time together.
-- "I think I may never collect enough blankets and textiles for my own two children. Even when they walk off on their own paths, I predict I will still be piecing together fabrics or digging through the antique shop bins for more warmth to send their way. I like the thought of folded blankets in their backpacks to be thrown down for a mid walk rest."
Her post "Surprises" (where she describes a walk to a waterfall and her daughter setting their dinner table) might be my favorite post anywhere on the internet.
-- "She still let me gather and hold glass for her, like it was just yesterday and not some long cold winter between us and our last walk there. She remembered,
like she always does. I'm so happy she knows me,
and that I'd stop for this because it's speckled.
That I'd stop for this, because it woodland, it's wild and it's with flower...."
I've had the pleasure of getting to know Jaime over the last several months, too. There isn't a kinder soul around, I tell ya. Finding gems like her is definitely the best part of participating in the blogosphere.
Let's talk to Jaime Rugh, shall we?
I went to art school in 1995 not really certain what I wanted to focus on but knowing there was no other place for me to be at that time. I took a class in Fiber Arts and was instantly drawn into the idea of weaving but more so it as a practice not limited to one medium or another. Fibers was a way to learn weaving, dyeing, resist methods, basketry, etc...but also to draw or build sculpture from found objects. It also brought back a lot of memories of crafts I loved making in my childhood. I was a big walker in college and was looking at weaving in relation to my travels zig-zagging through in the grid like city I was living in, Philadelphia, but also in relation to making woven forms with the findings I was gathering along the road.
I abandoned traditional weaving for many years in my twenties to focus on other areas, mostly floral work, but returned to it a few years ago with a focus on making small basic weavings to leave in trees.
Starch Green, Affinita' Moderne, Les Indiennes, Creative Women Handwoven Textiles, and always Gwen Frostic,
First thought Crimson (as in the dye) or Mauveine
Nora from Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
Poppy Li and Crimson Nora (or Mauveine Nora). Beautiful creations! What a fantastic collection of names throughout this interview, and such a lovely chat! Thank you for so generously sharing with us today, Jaime!
(all images courtesy of Found While Walking, by Jaime Rugh. image of collage art work courtesy of Wiksten Made)